Notre Dame tangles with its former BIG EAST foe to close out month of January (7 p.m. ET on ESPN3/WatchESPN; live radio on WatchND).
Candidate for National Player of the Year, BIG EAST Player of the Year and All-America honors ... returns for second year as team captain in '05-06 ... one of the elite point guards in the nation and arguably the top returning point guard in the BIG EAST this season ... unmatched work ethic, intelligence and team-first attitude have allowed her to enjoy immense growth at the college level ... leadership skills and court awareness on par with any player in the country, regardless of position ...has worked hard to diversify her game, molding into a multi-dimensional offensive threat as a passer and scorer ... the ultimate "gym rat" who is never satisfied with her performance and is always looking for ways to improve ... cagey southpaw who is equally strong with both hands and has been known to make shots with her off (right) hand if the situation arises ... also emerged as top-notch defender, having led BIG EAST and ranked among top 50 in nation in steals last year ...thrives in pressure situations, having guided Notre Dame to consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen berths in 2003 and '04, as well as 14 wins over ranked opponents (five vs. top-10 foes) in the past two years alone.
SUMMER OF 2005:Served as co-captain on USA World University Games Team, helping United States to a perfect 7-0 record and the gold medal (tournament held in Izmir, Turkey) ... started all seven games for Team USA, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists per game with a team-best .400 three-point percentage (tied for eighth among all players in 20-team tournament) ... led team in scoring twice, tossing in 14 points in opener vs. the Czech Republic and adding a game-high 13 points in preliminary round finale vs. Poland ... also dished out game-high six assists against Poland and game-best four assists in quarterfinal vs. Taiwan ...directed high-powered U.S. offense that averaged 97.4 ppg., recorded four 50-point wins and set a USA World University Games record with a +43.1 ppg. victory margin.
JUNIOR SEASON (2004-05):Ranked among NCAA leaders in free throw percentage (fourth), assists (28th) and steals (44th) ... led BIG EAST Conference in free throw percentage (.895) and steals (2.73 spg.), while ranking second in assists (5.39 apg.), seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.73) and 14th in scoring (12.3 ppg.) ... broke single-season school record for free throw percentage (previously .882 by Alicia Ratay in 2001-02) and minutes average (37.0; previously 35.1 by Mary Gavin in 1986-87) ... narrowly missed breaking single-season mark for total minutes, finishing second with 1,222 minutes played (record is 1,227 by Beth Morgan in 1996-97) ... fifth on Notre Dame single-season steals list with 90 thefts (record is 95 by Niele Ivey in 1999-2000) ... played at least 40 minutes in a game nine times ... had 15 games with two or fewer turnovers ... averaged 14.6 points and 4.9 assists per game with a .506 FG% and .512 3FG% vs. ranked opponents ... sparkled in the postseason, averaging 19.5 ppg. with a .579 FG% and .611 3FG% in four games ... had 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG) and dished out eight assists with only two turnovers in win over Illinois State ... tallied 15 points and seven assists in Preseason WNIT semifinal vs. No. 6 Duke; also made 9-of-10 FT, including 7-of-8 in final 3:10 ... scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 3-4 3FG) and handed out six assists in Preseason WNIT title game vs. No. 10/9 Ohio State ... picked up game-high 15 points (6-6 FT), five assists and career-best seven steals against Colorado State ... scored 12 points (8-8 FT), including four key free throws in final half-minute of victory at USC ... poured in 20 points (including 500th of her career) with no turnovers in 39 minutes at Valparaiso ... registered 19 points while playing all 45 minutes (a career high) in overtime loss vs. No. 15 Michigan State ... notched first career double-digit assist game with 10 handouts against Washington ... matched career high with seven steals at Marquette ... shared game-high scoring honors vs. Syracuse with 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3FG), while adding six assists ...poured in 19 points (17 in first half), including 3-4 3FG, and added six assists in victory over No. 20 Purdue ...passed out career-high 11 assists with three turnovers (8 A, 1 TO in second half) vs. No. 6/7 Rutgers ...had first career double-double (14p, 10a) vs. St. John's; first Irish player with back-to-back 10+-assist games since Niele Ivey against Valparaiso and Arizona in November 2000 ...collected 12 points (4-4 FT in last three minutes) and tied career high with seven steals in historic win at No. 9/10 Connecticut ...dished out all of her game-high nine assists in the first half at Pittsburgh; also had no turnovers in first half (two in second) ... carded 17 points (9-10 FT) and seven assists without a turnover against Georgetown ...tallied 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-4 3FG) in loss at No. 10 Rutgers ... had second career double-double with 12 points and 10 assists vs. West Virginia (her fourth double-digit assist game of year -- most by an Irish player since Niele Ivey had five in 2000-01) ... nearly had double-double vs. WVU in BIG EAST quarterfinal victory, finishing with 15 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3FG) and nine assists ... turned in gritty performance vs. No. 13/14 Connecticut in BIG EAST semifinal, scoring 16 of her 21 points in second half while trying to rally Irish back into contention ... rang up 18 points, including a spectacular off-handed baseline jumper with 1:24 remaining to help lift Irish past UC Santa Barbara in NCAA Tournament opener ... charted season-high 24 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3FG, 9-10 FT) in NCAA second-round loss to No. 24 Arizona State ... closed out season in fine form, averaging 15.2 points and 4.9 assists with a .514 FG% (37-72) and .474 3FG% (18-38) in her last nine games.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2003-04):Played in all 32 games for the Irish, starting 31 times and averaging a team-high 33.3 minutes per outing (broke teammate Jacqueline Batteast's record for average minutes by a Notre Dame sophomore) ... led team in assists (3.9) and ranked second in scoring (9.9 ppg.) ... placed among Top 10 in BIG EAST in assists (9th), free throw percentage (7th - .819) and assist/turnover ratio (7th - 1.36) ... had team-high .404 three-point percentage, which would have led BIG EAST, but did not made enough treys to qualify for ranking (min. 2.0 per game) ... had 14 games with five or more assists this season ... had 17 double-figure scoring games, including two 20-point efforts ... scored eight points and knocked down pair of three-pointers in season-opening win over Auburn ... tallied 13 points (2-3 3FG) in (then) career-best 43 minutes at Colorado ... collected nine points, six rebounds and career-high tying seven assists vs. Valparaiso ... chalked up seven points and six assists at Michigan State ... pumped in 14 points (all in second half) at Tennessee ... exploded for career-high 25 points (19 in first half) vs. Wisconsin, setting personal bests with 8-12 FG, 6-10 3FG and seven assists (tied) ... contributed 17 points and career-high nine assists at Washington ... scored eight points and tied season best with three steals vs. Dayton ... tallied 12 points, seven assists and three more steals vs. USC ... made season-high five of six free throws and added game bests of four assists and three steals in 38 minutes at Colorado State ... rang up game highs of 18 points and seven assists against Marquette ... tied for team-high honors with 15 points (6-12 FG) at Purdue ... registered game-high 22 points (6-10 FG, 4-8 3FG) at Georgetown ... dished out game-best seven assists against Virginia Tech ... had game-high seven assists in win over Connecticut ... distributed game-best six assists at West Virginia, but was held scoreless for first time all season ... had balanced effort with five points, five rebounds and five assists at Syracuse ... carded 10 points and five rebounds vs. Villanova, and buried game-tying three-pointer with 2:02 left ... compiled 14 points, season-high six rebounds and five assists at Miami -- also hit five of six free throws in final 57 seconds to seal win ... scored game-high 16 points (including go-ahead off-handed jumper with 2:02 left) and matched career high with four steals in a 40-minute effort vs. Boston College ... logged 11 points (6-6 FT) and five assists in rematch win over Georgetown ... tallied 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 3FG) and game-high six assists against Providence ... scored game-high 17 points at St. John's, burying career-best 11 of 13 free throws (8 of 10 in final 3:01) ... piled up 10 points (hit all three of her three-point tries), five assists and three steals in rematch with Miami ... registered 14 points (5-9 FG, 2-3 3FG) and game-high four assists at Rutgers ... registered 16 points in NCAA first round win vs. Southwest Missouri ... in 11 games vs. Top 25 teams, she averaged 10.1 ppg. with a .459 three-point percentage (17-37).
FRESHMAN SEASON (2002-03):Appeared in all 32 games, starting five times for the Irish, averaging 23.4 minutes per outing ... carded 3.0 points and 2.2 assists per game ... dished out four assists without a turnover in college debut vs. Cleveland State ... scored first college basket at USC ... grabbed five rebounds and distributed game-high seven assists at Arizona State (most by Irish freshman since Alicia Ratay vs. Butler in '99) ... carded three points at DePaul ... notched five points, including season-best 3-4 FT vs. Temple ... had game-high four assists and season-high four steals vs. IPFW ... canned three free throws in four tries vs. Colorado State ... buried first two three-point field goals of career and scored six points at Marquette ... tallied four points vs. Miami ... distributed game-high six assists at St. John's ... added team-high five assists vs. Connecticut ... made first career start at Villanova, recording three assists in 34 minutes ... played (then) career-high 37 minutes at Boston College, making a three-pointer for her only score of the night ... made four clutch free throws in final 24 seconds and added four assists vs. West Virginia ... scored four points at Virginia Tech ... scored career-high 12 points (9-10 FT) vs. Pittsburgh ... knocked down 2-2 FG (1-1 3FG) at Syracuse ... grabbed career-high eight rebounds in BIG EAST quarterfinal vs. Villanova ... was a key contributor in Notre Dame's run to NCAA Sweet Sixteen, averaging 6.7 points per game ... had big game in NCAA second-round contest at Kansas State, notching 10 points and five rebounds -- also canned two critical three-pointers and hit four free throws in final minute to seal victory ... made 29 of last 32 (.906) free throws (began year shooting 16-27 from line).
HIGH SCHOOL:Earned honorable mention All-America recognition from Street & Smith's and USA Today following her junior and senior seasons ... averaged 14 points and 5.8 assists per game in final prep campaign, leading Chaminade-Julienne High School to the No. 1 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll, a spot it held for seven weeks ... senior season was cut short when she suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 13th game ... four-time all-state and all-city selection ... four-year team captain ... finished her high school career averaging 15.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals per game ... scored 1,436 points in her tenure at CJHS ... holds single-game school records for points (37), assists (10) and steals (8), as well as single-season school record for assist average (5.8) ... guided squad to 1999 state championship and regional crowns in '99 and 2001 ... also was a four-year all-city selection on the CJHS boys' golf team, serving as team captain her final two seasons ... that squad won regional titles in 1998 and 1999 ... played six seasons with AAU Dayton Lady HoopStars, helping team win three AAU national championships (1996, 1998, 2000) and six consecutive Ohio state titles (1996-2001) ... received 2002 Rae Burick Women in Sports Award, presented to top female high school athlete in Ohio's Miami Valley ... National Honor Society member.
PERSONAL DATA:Born July 13, 1984 in Kettering, Ohio ... younger of two children ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters with a double major in psychology and computer applications ... earned Dean's List honors the past three semesters, including 3.917 GPA during the spring 2005 term ... three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star (2003-05) ... earned a certificate of merit after participating in the 2004 Notre Dame Student-Athlete Leadership Institute ... some former Irish players who wore No. 13 include current Notre Dame deputy athletics director Missy Conboy and Trena Keys.
2006 Preseason candidate list for State Farm Wade Trophy and Wooden Women's Award
2005 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America
2005 Kodak/WBCA All-Region I (All-America Team finalist)
2005 First-Team All-BIG EAST
2005 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team
2005 Preseason WNIT All-Tournament Team
2005 CoSIDA Academic All-District V Second Team
2005 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team
2004 BIG EAST Most Improved Player
2004 Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST
BIG EAST Player of the Week (Dec. 8, 2004)
2004 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team
2003 BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team